Watch blue bridge come down online

Those mourning the impending loss of the Johnson Street Bridge, and those hotly anticipating its replacement, can watch the $77-million job unfold from their computer.

The City of Victoria is seeking bids on a contract to install and maintain an outdoor camera on top of Mermaid Wharf, at 407 Swift St., to record the work. Once the webcam is set up, people will be able to watch the work as it progresses at www.johnsonstreetbridge.com.

Victoria’s latest request for offers only includes demolishing the rail bridge, as well as moving some underwater utility lines. That means deconstructing the roughly 500-ton steel rail span and tower, as well as the 550-ton concrete counterweight.

“Because of the age of the bridge, trying to go back to the blueprints in 1924 is a bit of a challenge,” said project director Mike Lai. “We’re anticipating having a bit more accurate information by the time a call for tenders goes out.”

The City aims to have the rail bridge demolished by the end of the year.

 

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